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Clicker Training Equipment For Your K9
Clicker training doesn’t need much in the way of specialized equipment. It will only cost you a few dollars to get everything you need to train your dog using this technique.
Let’s make a clicker training shopping list:
1.Flat collar and lead. You don’t need a check chain, prong collar or special leash to train your dog. In most cases, your dog’s existing collar and lead will be just fine.
2.A clicker. Dog training clickers are tiny plastic boxes with a flexible metal tongue. When you press the tongue, it bends and makes a clicking noise. They cost only a few dollars. If your budget is tight, you can do without a clicker by training your dog with a specific word. In the beginning, instead of clicking and treating until your dog learns that the click means reward, use your word instead of the clicker. For example, if your word was “yup”, you would say yup, then treat, over and over again. Then, when you are training, say “yup” when your dog does the right thing, and reward him. The one proviso is that you choose a word that isn’t part of your day to day vocabulary. That way your dog won’t expect a treat every time you say that common word, and become confused.
3.A reward. The most common reward for clicker training a dog is a food treat – they can be chopped up small so that you can give him plenty during a session without him becoming full or disinterested, and they are swallowed quickly so you can repeat the exercise straight away. The treat you choose has to be something very delicious and something your dog doesn’t get at other times. Don’t use his regular dried food; it’s not all that interesting and he’s not likely to be keen to work for it. Diced chicken and diced dried liver are favorites, and most dogs love them. These are also no more expensive than specially made commercial dog treats, if you work out the cost per pound.
Food treats may not work for some dogs; they may have food allergies, or they may be on a diet. For these animals, a reward may be a game of tug, or a throw of a ball. If that’s the case, these toys should be kept just for training sessions, which will keep them special for your dog.
In Summary – You don’t need to spend a lot of money to train your dog. Clicker training is very affordable and because it is all positive, it has the added advantage of enhancing your relationship with your dog.
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Animal Behavior College Shares 10 Tips on Choosing a Shelter Dog; Encourages Dog Obedience Training
Adopting a shelter dog is one of the most important decisions a family can make. Sadly, many base their decision on emotional appeal, having little to no knowledge about the dogs breed, temperament or potential behavioral challenges. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that 3 to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters every year. One of the major reasons they are taken to shelters is due to untreated behavioral problems, according to organizations such as Pet Finders and the National Council on Pet Population Study Policy (NCPPSP).
October is Adopt a Dog and Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Animal Behavior College (ABC) encourages prospective pet owners to research and understand specific dog breed characteristics before they adopt and to provide appropriate obedience training to their new four-legged friend. This creates a harmonious human-to-canine bond that could potentially reduce the number of unwanted dogs that end up in shelters each year.
Choosing a shelter dog that is compatible with a familys lifestyle and personality is important, said Steven Appelbaum, president and CEO of Animal Behavior College. While initial emotions are good, keep in mind that this new companion will be in your family for a number of years. Unfortunately, many dogs that wind up in shelters have never received training or guidance when in reality their behavioral problems are correctable. Taking time to provide professional training will ensure many long and happy years together.
Since dog breeds have different characteristics, it is important to choose a breed that is compatible with the individual or familys activity level. For example, Airedale Terriers are independent, energetic dogs that have a propensity for digging, chasing and barking. Individuals who enjoy quiet evenings at home and little to no outdoor activity or exercise may find Airedales annoying and too energetic.
ABC offers the following 10 tips on choosing a shelter dog:
Decide what kind of dog you want to adopt by visiting your local shelter. With 25 to 30 percent of dogs in shelters being purebreds, there is a high chance that the breed you are seeking is available. To help with your decision, research breeds characteristics to determine if a particular breed is compatible with your lifestyle and personality. After finding a potential adoptee, inquire about his previous living conditions Spend time interacting with the dog in an isolated area or room Observe and note his demeanor around other dogs. Is he aloof? Does he display fear and aggression? Assess the dogs health condition by examining his eyes, teeth, hips, legs, etc. and request access to medical information Learn about ongoing medical concerns and find out if he is taking medication or undergoing treatment Find out how long the dog has been in the shelter and the circumstances for his being there (was he dropped off or abandoned?) Determine necessary follow-up services that may be needed Once you adopt the dog, make arrangements for professional training as soon as possible
Dog obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. In fact, some shelters have volunteers from programs such as ABCs Student Saving Lives (SSL) program that provide training to homeless canine companions before they are adopted. SSL volunteers enlist more than 10 hours of training to local shelters, humane societies, or rescue organizations for the purpose of addressing behavioral and socialization concerns, giving canine companions a better opportunity of finding a loving home.
Animal Behavior College offers certifications and continuing education programs. To become a dog trainer, obtain dog-training certification, enroll in the Dog Obedience Program (DOP) or to learn more about the college or the Student Saving Lives program, visit our website http://www.AnimalBehaviorCollege.com/info.
About Animal Behavior College Animal Behavior College is the premier international vocational school specializing in certified animal career training programs. ABC has created a powerful team of skilled advocates who are devoted to nurturing the human-animal bond The founders of ABC have spent years developing and perfecting affordable career programs, many of which combine home learning with hands-on training externships with professional mentors. To date, more than 28,000 students have enrolled in ABC programs including over 1,900 in ABC’s cat training program.
The CBS Dream Team, Its Epic! Adds New Series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, Hosted by Mo Rocca, Premiering September 27
Mo climbs inside the 1902 442 Atlantic engine inside the Roundhouse in Greenfield Village
CBS announced today that the new series The Henry Fords Innovation Nation is joining the three-hour Saturday morning block The CBS Dream Team, Its Epic!, which returns for its second season Saturday, Sept. 27 (9:00-12:00 ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by Mo Rocca, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent, the show will tell the fascinating stories behind the historic innovators of the past and the forward-looking visionaries of today, and the extraordinary talents and dedication required to bring their inventions to life.
We are extremely proud of our Saturday Morning line-up and thrilled to add a fresh, new, inventive show to the mix of our family friendly weekend programming, said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. In partnership with Litton and The Henry Ford, Innovation Nation is the perfect complement to our strong schedule, sharing the same mission to inspire and educate young people and their families.
It has always been our vision at The Henry Ford to become a national force for fueling the spirit of American innovation and inspire those inventors, innovators and makers of tomorrow, said Patricia Mooradian, President of The Henry Ford. With THE HENRY FORDS INNOVATION NATION and our partnership with CBS and Litton Entertainment, we will now be able to share the stories of perseverance, passion and ingenuity that we tell on our campus every day to audiences across the country.
Mo Rocca began his career in TV as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS series Wishbone. He went on to write for other childrens series, including Pepper Ann and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, a pre-school series combining the whimsy of Seuss characters with the magic of Jim Henson puppetry. Mo is the host and creator of the Emmy Award-nominated My Grandmothers Ravioli on the Cooking Channel. His work on CBS Sunday Morning covers a range of topics, from the presidency of Millard Fillmore to a profile of hockey great Bobby Orr. Also, Rocca is a frequent panelist on NPRs weekly quiz show Wait, Wait…Dont Tell Me! and he spent four seasons as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
THE HENRY FORDS INNOVATION NATION exemplifies Littons core mission of co-viewing, a television show that will inspire young people to open their eyes and minds to becoming innovators in their own communities,” commented Dave Morgan, President and CEO of Litton Entertainment.
Following is The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic! Saturday morning lineup for the 2014-2015 season. The block is FCC educational/informational compliant, targeted to 13-16 year olds and appealing to all viewers. The schedule’s day and time may differ market-to-market. (Check local listings).
LUCKY DOG Animal trainer Brandon McMillan is swooping into animal shelters across the U.S., rescuing hard-to-love, out-of-control, untrained and unadoptable dogs. Then, back at Brandon’s training facility known as the Lucky Dog Ranch, he goes to work on the seemingly impossible task of turning the frightened pooches into perfect pets. In the end, a lucky family will adopt an even luckier dog, making each episode an adoption story that warms the heart.
DR. CHRIS PET VET Chronicling the adventures of Dr. Chris Brown, DR. CHRIS PET VET allows viewers a unique insight into the life of one of the world’s busiest vets and the animals he devotes his days to caring for and treating. For those animals that require specialist services, Dr. Chris calls on his good friend and colleague Dr. Lisa Chimes, who works at a small animal specialist hospital. Each episode delivers a carefully crafted mix of human and animal interest stories, and features a variety of animals that undergo elective procedures as part of long-term treatments involving the most intricate and technologically advanced surgery.
THE HENRY FORDS INNOVATION NATION INNOVATION NATION, hosted by Mo Rocca of CBS Sunday Morning, will be a weekly celebration of the inventors spirit – from historic scientific pioneers throughout past centuries to the forward-looking visionaries of today. Each episode tells the dramatic stories behind the worlds greatest inventions – and the perseverance, passion and price required to bring them to life. Featuring the what if it never happened, the innovation by accident and a strong focus on junior geniuses who are changing the face of technology, this series will appeal to young viewers and their families.
RECIPE REHAB Hosted by Evette Rios, families submit their favorite high-calorie, family-style recipes, and two chefs face off in a head-to-head competition to give the recipes a low-calorie twist. After making each rehabbed recipe in their own kitchen, the family chooses their new favorite. This recipe makeover challenge promotes using healthy, wholesome ingredients and shows healthy food choices can have positive effects on quality of life.
ALL IN WITH LAILA ALI ALL IN, hosted by Laila Ali, scours the globe to track down the world’s most compelling stories, profiling inspirational people, groundbreaking achievements and extraordinary lifestyles. Whether through sports, culture, travel or adventure, ALL IN steps off the beaten track into uncharted territory inspiring audiences to go all in on their dreams.
GAME CHANGERS WITH KEVIN FRAZIER Celebrating athletes and fans who reach out in their communities to make life better for so many, GAME CHANGERS, hosted by Entertainment Tonights Kevin Frazier, highlights professional athletes who use their public image to make positive changes in the lives of fans in need. Young reporters go out in the field to file their stories and bring back journalistic gold to the GAME CHANGERS studios to culminate in heartfelt reflection and insight from the host. Whether on or off the field, GAME CHANGERS takes an inspirational look at how sports positively impacts individuals and the communities they serve.
CHEAT TWEET: .@MoRocca joins the @CBSDreamTeam Sat morning childrens lineup with #InnovationNation premiering 9/27 on #CBS
Following is the “CBS Dream Team, Its Epic!” Saturday morning lineup for the 2014-15 season: (Schedule’s day and time may differ market-to-market. Check local listings.)
As of Sept. 27 9:00-9:30 AM ETLUCKY DOG 9:30-10:00 AM ETDR.CHRIS PET VET 10:00-10:30 AM ETTHE HENRY FORDS INNOVATION NATION (N) 10:30-11:00 AM ETRECIPE REHAB 11:00-11:30 AM ETALL IN WITH LAILA ALI 11:30-12:00 PM ETGAME CHANGERS WITH KEVIN FRAZIER
Please note: In some markets, CBS News’ CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY will be broadcast 7:00-9:00 AM ET/PT.
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About Litton Entertainment Litton Entertainment is the preeminent independent producer and distributor in the U.S. television industry creating and distributing quality programming for over twenty years. Litton’s Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, is the first program block of its kind airing Saturdays on ABC stations nationwide. Litton’s Weekend Adventure features all original E/I series including Jack Hannas Wild Countdown, Emmy winning Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Emmy winning Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, and Emmy nominated Sea Rescue. Litton Entertainment provides CBS Network with six original programs for Saturday mornings called CBS Dream Team, Its Epic!, including Emmy nominated Lucky Dog, The Henry Fords Innovation Nation hosted by Mo Rocca, All in With Laila Ali, and Emmy nominated Game Changers with Kevin Frazier. Litton recently announced the new block of programming for Th